Frozen Point and the Snow of 1895

Located on the north shoreline of East Bay, Frozen Point is a popular fishing destination, but do you know how the point got its name? Below is an excerpt from an article written by Kevin Ladd, Director, Wallisville Heritage Park in Chambers County.

A few fading photographs is the only tangible evidence of the record snowfall that hit this area on February 13-14, 1895. Residents of Anahuac measured 20 Inches of snow on the ground. Even more snow fell at Double Bayou, with disastrous consequences. Ralph Semmes Jackson spoke of the blizzard in his book, Home on the Double Bayou: When the storm was over snow stood three feet deep on the prairies at Double Bayou. As the storm struck, the some six thousand head of cattle that were pastured on the Jackson Ranch turned tail to the driving snow and started drifting south with the wind. When they reached the shore of East Bay they walked off into the warmer waters of the Bay and were drowned by the thousands. Of the six thousand head of cattle, only a fraction of this number escaped the disaster, leaving a pitifully small herd with which to start over again. After the storm abated, the men of the family saddled their horses and rode toward the bayshore, fearful of what they would find. Reaching East Bay, they saw dead cattle lying so thick in the shallow waters along the shore that a man could walk for several hundred yards out into the Bay on the bodies of the dead cattle. There was a point of land extending out into the Bay where most of the cattle made their last stand before stepping off into the water to their death. From that day forward this point of land was known as “Frozen Point.”

(This is a reprint of the story published in CBLN on October 31, 2011).

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2 Responses to “Frozen Point and the Snow of 1895”

  1. Pauline Singleton says:

    My guess is they actually died of hypothermia. While the water was warmer than the air, it wasn’t warm. Would you have wanted to go swimming in the bay last week when the air temperature was in the twenties?

  2. charles boyd urban says:

    That is unreal in many ways. I just do not understand why the cows drown. I understand going into the warm, which is not very deep, but why did they drown?


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